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Eleventh Biennial Convention of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
June 21 - 24, 2007
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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ELCIC Eleventh Biennial National Convention - June 21-24, 2007

June 21 Highlights

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. delegates and members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) gathered together under one roof at the Winnipeg Convention Centre to celebrate six years of full communion together. Throughout the day-long gathering, delgates also participated in table-discussions. Conversations between Lutherans and Anglicans will included discussions on: What do we already know about each other's churches? What would we like to know about each other? How can our time around this table be brought home to our congregations?


Note: The live video webcast of the Joint ACC/ELCIC Day is now offline. It may be available for viewing at a later time. Please check back for updates.

Photos from the Joint Day

The ELCIC's National Convention will officially begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Privatizing water has Lutherans seeing red
When you look for drinking water at this year’s ELCIC national convention in Winnipeg you’ll be seeing red. That’s because all delegates are receiving a red water bottle along with information on the global issue of water rights.

“Privatization of water—whether for sale or for use in industrial processes—is greatly impacting the health and development of communities in countries throughout the world,” says Daranne Mills, director of communications for CLWR. “In Canada, we implicitly support this behaviour by endorsing the privatization of our own water supply, vis-à-vis bottled water.”

Through a partnership between the ELCIC’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal, red water bottles have been provided so that delegates can avoid purchasing bottled water, and instead fill up their own reusable bottle at public sources. (CLWR News Briefs)

ELCIC / ACC Celebrate Six Years of Full Communion
Celebrating Six Years of Full Communion, close to 1,000 members of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC) gathered for a "day-long Eucharist" on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2007. The theme for the service, planned by the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission was "The river of life, the everlasting wellspring, the fountain of resurrection." The joyful celebration took place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and coincided with the Eleventh Biennial National Convention of the ELCIC and the 38th General Synod of the ACC.

As participants found their assigned tables in the large hall, the room was ritually smudged by aboriginal elder, Barbara Shoomski. Arthur Anderson explained the importance of the ceremony in changing and enlivening the atmosphere with the offering of prayer: " God please change my attitude with my brothers and sisters as we follow the sacred way". View the entire article...

ELCIC Participates In ceremony To Reaffirm Aboriginal-Church Covenant

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), along with representatives of eight other Canadian church denominations reaffirmed a covenant recognizing the rights of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples during a ceremony which took place following a full day of worship and conversation between delegates and members of the ELCIC's National Convention and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)'s General Synod.

Titled, Towards the Constitutional Recognition and Protection of Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada, the covenant reaffirmed a previous statement by the leaders of Canadian Christian Churches on Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Constitution which was signed 20 years ago on February 5, 1987. View the entire article...

ELCIC'S Eleventh Biennial National Convention Officially Begins

Over 620 delegates, visitors and volunteers filled Winnipeg’s University of Manitoba Plenary Hall on the evening of Thursday, June 21, 2007 for the official opening of the Eleventh Biennial National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

The service began with the ritual filling of the font with water borne by a representative from each synod and poured into the font by the Synodical Bishop. Prayers of thanksgiving and bidding were offered and the community joined voices in song.

National Bishop Raymond Schultz began the Bishop’s Charge by recalling the words of Albert Schweitzer: "Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it." Bishop Schultz praised the work of Gordon Jenson and Judy Wry whose 1995 report on Future Directions Task Force on Mission became the Evangelical Declaration which marks its 10th anniversary this year. He added, "It is a document that defines what it means to be the church in mission and what it means to live as the church in the world". View the entire article...

Results of the First Ballot for National Bishop

As part of the business sessions of the Eleventh Biennial National Convention of the ELCIC, delegates will be electing a new National Bishop. During the first business session of convention, delegates cast their first ballots.

The first ballot for Bishop of the ELCIC is a blank ballot, all individuals who are on the roster of ordained ministers of the church are eligible for election.

June 21 turned out to be not only the longest day of the calendar year, but also a long evening as the first session of the National Convention went over the intended timeline.

Stephen Wildfang, Chair of the Elections Committee reported that the first and nominating ballot for a new National Bishop resulted in a list of 71 nominees.

View the results of the first ballot.  

With 75 votes, Rev. Susan Johnson, Assistant to the Bishop of the Eastern Synod was the front runner. 378 persons were eligible to vote. 376 ballots were cast of which 9 were spoiled. Since no one individual received the necessary 3/4 of votes casts, delegates proceeded to a second ballot.

The names of all 71 persons nominated were included on the second ballot. In order for an election to be declared on the second ballot, an individual would have to receive 2/3 of the votes cast.

Results from the second ballot are expected to be reported to delegates on Friday morning.

Youth Granted Voice and Vote


By Special Order, Constitutional Amendment Motion # 5 – That the ELCIC Constitution, Article XI (Conventions), Section 5, be amended with the addition of subsection c. Section 5. The voting membership of conventions shall consist of: c. Twelve youth selected by the synods as members of the youth assembly, was brought forward as one of the very first votes of the evening and was approved by delegates.

Second Reading Constitution Amendments Passed

In addition to the passing of the vote for youth, several other second reading constitutional amendments were brought to the floor and passed. These include: 

Item 4: That a new Article IX (Full Communion Provisions), Section 1, be inserted into the ELCIC Constitution and that the current Articles IX to XX be renumbered to Articles X to XXI.

Section 1: Ordered ministers of churches with which this church has a full communion agreement, who are serving in this church under the provisions of that full communion agreement, shall have the same rights and privileges as the equivalent order of ministry in this church.

Item 6: That the ELCIC Constitution, Article XI (National Church Council), Section 1 first sentence be amended as follows:

Section 1: There shall be a National Church Council comprised composed of the officers of this church, who shall serve as the officers of the council; and additional members from the synods allocated on the basis of proportional representation according to baptized membership; and other representatives from full communion agreements.

View the Minutes from Business Session One of National Convention.

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